The European Parliament has approved a resolution in which Daesh’ systematic killings of minorities in the Middle East, such as the killings of the Yezidi Kurds, has been recognised as genocides.
BY ZANA TEKOSIN VESTERHOLM
The decision was adopted in Strasbourg and is the first time the European Parliament has recognized an ongoing conflict situation as a genocide.
Furthermore, it was stated that those who commit crimes against humanity and commit genocide should be brought to justice for their actions. ISIS (or Daesh) has, among their many crimes done during their many terror actions and expansion of terrain, made Yezidi women into sex slaves and children into child soldiers. Many has been forcibly converted into their radicalised, extreme version of Islam.
One of the reasons behind ISIS’ particular hunt for Yezidis, is their mistaken assumption of the Yezidi’s supposed worship of “Satan”.
Under this pretext, Yezidis has undergone 74 genocides throughout history. Today, still thousands of women are still captured in the hands of ISIS, and thousands of families are on the run and fears to return the city of Shingal, which is still in ruins after long fights between Kurdish forces and the terror movement of ISIS.
Many of those who have fled fears returning to the Kurdish areas as they are now convinced that they can’t be safe in the Middle East region. Most only see hope for a secure future in Europe.
Although many are still caught in ISIS controlled areas, many Yezidi women has managed to escape their brutal “regime”. Today, these women receive professional care in local refugee camps.
Nadia Murad is one of the women who managed to escape a life in captivity where she had undergone torture and rape. Today, she is committed to sharing her horrific stories with the outside world and is travelling regularly to different countries around the world to tell the stories of herself and her people.
She has been holding speeches most recently in Sweden and the UK, and before that for the UN Security Council, Red Cross in Norway and several politicians in Egypt, Greece, Kuwait and more. In one interview on Norwegian TV, Murad broke down in tears while telling her story.
Now, Murad is among the candidates for winning the Nobel Peace Price for her brave work, which still continues today. She is urging political powers to optimise their efforts in freeing women and children who are still suffering in ISIS captivity, and to do more in stopping the terror group once and for all.